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My Memories by Richard Skinner

Some of the things I remember from growing up in Mapperley.

  • Lurkey – once the dark nights arrived this was a nightly ritual involving most of the kids in the Village who were allowed out at night. The games usually started at around 6.30pm and lasted until 9.00 – 9.30pm. The meeting place and "Lurkey post" was the old Cast Iron Street Light outside the Whitehouse on the corner.

    This was usually replaced with Cricket and footy when the light nights came, but was restricted more to the boys.

  • Arbor Day – I remember planting the Maple Trees in the Church Yard and the yearly celebrations we had . . .we all looked forward to the Laura Secord goodie bags!

  • Bonfire night on the Rec – I can remember having Jacket Potatoes and Mushy Peas served up by Muriel Durow.

  • Baling, Potato and Mangel picking and mucking out at Manor Farm to earn some pocket money.

  • Trying to scare drivers coming up the Lane by pulling a lump of fur on fishing line across the road in front of them.

  • Excavating a tunnel under the Railway line down "Cow Flat". A party led by Steve Law with candles in Jars we tunnelled our way through a collapsed drainage pipe without a thought as to where the tunnel led.

  • Rope swings over the brook in Mapperley Wood.

Richard's son Matthew (Matt) at his graduation in Lincoln September 2016.

His girlfriend Stacey qualified on the same course.  Both now have jobs with firms of Architects


Matthew Skinner

Matthew and Stacey

Richard and Matthew Skinner

Richard Skinner

March 2012

My Memories of Shipley Hall

by Marlene Dibb and Enid Kemp

After the slide show on Shipley Hall and the Miller Mundy's I wished that I had shown more interest in local history when my mother was still alive.  My maternal grandmother was Sussanah Mary Thornhill (1872-1936). At one time she worked in service for the Miller Mundy's either at the hall or at the house attached to the Model Farm.  She lived in a cottage on Hassocks Lane, Shipley, opposite Pit Lane before moving to Shipley Common Lane. As well as working for the Miller Mundy's she managed to raise eleven children, my mother being the youngest, born 1908.

My sister Enid Kemp remembers that our mother told us that the Miller Mundy's thought a lot about Mrs.Thornhill and she recounted how when any of the family or guests were riding in the area of Hassocks Lane and they needed to answer a call of nature that they would use the lavatory at Mrs.Thornhill's as it was said that she could be relied on to wipe the seat after each time someone used it!

Enid also recalls that their mother recounted how her mother would be given hand-me-down clothing from the Miller Mundy's and she would have to make alterations to the clothing to help dress her eleven children.  She also recounted how the eldest child, Godfrey, after many years of altered hand-me-down clothing said to his mother "Now I'm seventeen isn't it time I had a pair of trousers with a Bobby Hole in them". The poor lad!

Marlene Dibb
Enid Kemp

April 2012 


William Pole Thornhill

Marlene and Enids Grandmother Sussanah as a young woman.

Marlene and Enids grandfather, William Pole Thornhill, 1869 - 1938. At one time he worked for the Shipley Colliery Company as a surface banksman.


Left - Sussanah with her dog Crack. Date somewhere between 1925 - 1936

My Memories of the Skinner’s Doctors Practice Held In The home Of Mrs Amy Morgan, Church Farm, Main Street, Mapperley
By Dr Peter Enoch

Produced from notes taken by Elaine Sarson after meeting with Dr Enoch.

The Skinner Practice in Ilkeston was originally bought by Dr Edward Skinner and his wife Joane Skinner in 1937/38.
The practice was named after their home at the time, called Littlewick. 

Dr Edward Skinner practiced during the war years and there were only 4 or 5 doctors in the area then. One was Dr Roache, father of Ken Roache AKA Ken Barlow of Coronation Street fame, who practised in Ilkeston and another one was Dr Meade of West Hallam.

Amy Morgan lived with her husband in Church Farm Mapperley as tenant farmers working land owned by the Drury-Lowes of Locko Park. By the time that I knew her, Amy Morgan had been widdowed for many years but continued to live at Church Farm house until she died. (?date) Amy became a close friend of Joane Skinner during the 2nd World War years. As a result of their friendship Dr. Edward Skinner was persuaded to open a branch surgery at Church Farm and the Practice continued to hold regular surgeries there until Amy's death on 31st December 1981.

Ken Barlow

Two of Edward's sons became doctors and later joined the practice. Dr John, the elder brother, first had to do his National Service in the Royal Navy, but on the sudden death of his father in the 1950's was allowed to leave the Navy to take over the Practice. Dr Michael qualified a few years later and joined his brother in the Practice.

In the early 1960's Michael Skinner opened another branch surgery at his home at 99? Station Road, West Hallam. Within a few years he moved house and surgery to live opposite the White Hart and later, in the 1980's the West Hallam Surgery moved to its present site at The Dales. Meanwhile, the main surgery based at the old Skinner family home at Littlewick Nottingham Road Ilkeston has disappeared to be replaced by the present ultra-modern health centre.

I joined the Skinner's practice in April 1964. Part of my duties was to attend the Mapperley surgery each Tuesday at
2:30pm. There was also a surgery each Friday evening, held after the Littlewick evening surgery ended - usually around 7:30pm and done by whichever of the Partners was on duty for the Friday night. Patients would wait in Amy's kitchen and the consultations took place in the front room. There were no proper amenities and not much privacy with examinations done on the settee with just net curtains on the windows. No appointments were needed and prescriptions were dispensed from the West Hallam surgery and delivered to Amy's next day. After the Friday evening surgery Amy would usually provide a "fry up" to sustain the doctor on his night on call.

After Amy's death the branch surgery was closed with extra sessions being held at The Dales to replace them.

Dr Peter Enoch

My sincere thanks to Dr Peter Enoch for his interest and time in helping me to produce this information and my most sincere thanks on behalf of all the parishioners of Mapperley village that you cared for and treated over the years

Elaine Sarson




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